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Guarded Optimism – Can We Avoid a Climate Dystopia?

It is official as of today, November 4, 2016: The Paris Agreement, adopted last December by 195 nations, comes into force. The process displays a political will rarely seen within the global community. Throughout the decades-long effort leading up to the Paris Agreement, fractious disunity, distrust, and disappointment has been the general order. What happened leading up to Paris, the two-week…

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Green Bond Fund supports REDD+ sustainable forestry

IFC Raises $152 Million in Tropical Forest Bonds Debut

Developed by IFC in collaboration with BHP Billiton and Conservation International, some of the world’s largest Institutional investors, including TIAA-CREF and QBE, bought the first Forest Bonds issue, which gives them the option of receiving coupon payments in the form of cash or carbon credits from a UN REDD program in Kenya.

Amending the Montreal Protocol

UN Kigali Amendment Boosts Global Environmental, Climate Change Prospects

National representatives to the UN Montreal Protocol took action to phase out production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this past week. In addition to further reducing destruction of atmospheric ozone, the Kigali Agreement is expected to reduce projected mean global temperature rise 0.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century.

The world's coastlines with a 6 meter (19+ foot) rise in sea level. NASA

Sea Level Rise is Far Worse Than Previously Thought

Rising levels of greenhouse gasses are increasing global temperatures and this is causing sea levels to rise. Global warming causes sea levels to rise by melting ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice; it also causes water to warm and expand. Sea-level rise and resultant flooding may be the greatest challenge facing humanity. Scientists agree that sea levels will rise and…

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In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From…

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Climate Week NYC 2016: Genuine Action or More ¨Hot Air¨?

Corporations are keen to tout their ¨green¨ credentials and highlight their efforts to contribute to reducing GHG emissions as Climate Week 2016 kicks off this week. While The Climate Group’s roster of corporations pledging to transition to 100% renewable energy swelled to 81, a report from Asset Owners Disclosure Group reveals how when push comes to shove they continue to fail to live up to their climate change and responsible investment commitments.

Aerial photograph showing a pile of wood that has been prepared to be burned will be planted oil palm area of PT PAPUA ALAM LESTARI

Deforestation in Indonesia: Turning Rainforest into Palm Oil

Burning Indonesia’s Rainforest An investigative report reveals that Korindo, a corporation heavily involved in natural resource extraction in Southeast Asia, is targeting the largest intact Rainforest in Papua the Indonesian provinces of Papua and North Maluku for destruction to make way for oil palm plantations.  Despite the devastating haze crisis of 2015, the common tool for their systematic operation of deforestation…

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